Podcast: Ancient cave art, feeling prosthetics, and snooping on the Web’s black box

first_imgWhere has some of the world’s oldest cave art been found? Can prosthetics be made to feel? And what’s the secret of the Internet’s favorite file-sharing network? Science’s David Shultz chats about these stories and more with Science’s Sarah Crespi. Plus, news writer Dennis Normile discusses the roles robots will take on in society.last_img

MV Suez: India and Pakistan locked in spat over their naval ships

first_imgAhead of their talks, India and Pakistan were on Sunday locked in a nasty spat and lodged protests against each other over their naval warships allegedly resorting to ‘risky’ and ‘dangerous’ manoeuvres after hijacked MV Suez was freed by Somali pirates.India lodged a protest with Pakistan against the violation by Pakistan Naval Ship (PNS) Babur of relevant regulations on navigational safety by its “risky” manoeuvres jeopardising the safety of INS Godavari and its crew. The protest was lodged through the High Commission of Pakistan in New Delhi.The Ministry of External Affairs Ministry in a statement also said the Naval Advisor of the Pakistan High Commission was summoned by the Ministry of Defence and “our serious concern on this incident was conveyed.”An Indian Navy official said, “Reports of aggression by INS Godavari are incorrect and based on misinformation.” Some Indian and Pakistan nationals were on board MV Suez.The war of words erupted just days ahead of the talks between the Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan in Islamabad on June 24-25.The Indian action came a day after Pakistan said a protest was lodged with the Indian High Commission in Islamabad over what it alleged a dangerous manoeuvre by an Indian warship which ‘brushed’ its frigate escorting Eghyptian-owned vessel MV Suez. Pakistan also called the alleged incident on Thursday as serious.The Indian protest was registered against the violation by Pakistan Naval Ship of relevant regulations on navigational safety as per the ‘International Regulations for Prevention of Collisions at Sea’ and Article 10 of the ‘Agreement between India-Pakistan on Advance Notice on Military Exercises, Manoeuvres and Troops Movements 1991’ involving INS Godavari on high seas, the MEA statement said.advertisement”PNS Babur by its risky manoeuvres jeopardised the safety of INS Godavari and its crew,” it added. — With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Ind vs Eng: Injured Zaheer out of England tour; RP Singh gets call

first_imgIndia’s floundering campaign in the ongoing series against England suffered another massive blow on Sunday as pace spearhead Zaheer Khan was ruled out of the remainder of the tour after failing to recover from a hamstring strain and an ankle injury.”Zaheer Khan is suffering from a recurrent right hamstring strain and a right ankle impingement. He will require a surgery for his ankle, followed by intensive rehabilitation for both the ankle and hamstring,” the BCCI said in a statement.”He will need at least 14-16 weeks to recover completely. He will therefore not be able to participate in the ongoing Test series and subsequent Twenty20 International and ODI series against England,” it added.Medium pacer R P Singh, whose last Test appearance for India was in 2008 against South Africa, has been called to replace Zaheer in the Test, ODI and the Twenty20 squads.The limited overs series starts on August 31 with the one off T20 match.”The All-India Senior Selection Committee has picked R P Singh as his replacement in the Indian squads for the Test series, and the T20 International and ODI series. R P Singh will join the team at the earliest,” the BCCI said.The 25-year-old R P has been out of favour for quite a while and his last ODI appearance was in 2009 against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy.Zaheer, who walked off the pitch following a hamstring strain on the opening day of the first cricket Test at Lord’s on July 21, was expected to be fit for the August 10-14 match at Birmingham.advertisementHe played in the just-concluded two-day practice match against Northamptonshire to test his fitness. The 32-year-old opened the Indian attack but bowled only three overs, conceding 24 runs before walking off the field, raising a question mark over his fitness.Zaheer’s injury setback comes close on the heels of off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and batsman Yuvraj Singh being ruled out due to injuries in what is turning out to be a disastrous tour for India.On the brighter side openers Virender Sehwag, who missed the first two Tests due to a shoulder injury, and Gautam Gambhir are expected to be part of the line-up for the third match.The world number one Test side is trailing 0-2 in the four-match series.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

‘De Jong a crossover between Deco & Xavi’

first_imgBarcelona target Frenkie de Jong has been described as “a mixture of Deco and Xavi” by former Ajax boss and Camp Nou assistant coach Henk ten Cate.The Blaugrana have reportedly identified Ajax midfielder De Jong as their prime transfer target next summer.The 21-year-old has attracted the interest of a number of top European sides after impressing in the Ajax midfield since making his debut two years ago, with Goal revealing that Manchester City are also in the mix. He has also impressed at international level for the Netherlands, most recently in the Oranje’s Nations League victory over World champions France on Friday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! De Jong admitted he was “flattered” to be linked with a move to the Camp Nou, while Manchester City and Tottenham have also been credited with an interest in the young midfielder in recent weeks.Ten Cate, who spent three years as assistant to Frank Rijkaard at Barcelona between 2003 and 2006, is not surprised his former side have targeted De Jong, suggesting he has similar attributes to two former Barca favourites.“It cannot be compared, De Jong can be a mixture of Deco and Xavi, but he is De Jong,” Ten Cate told Mundo Deportivo . “It is always difficult to compare players. Both Xavi and Deco were from another planet, De Jong has the talent, but he must still prove it and that his injuries are respected.”De Jong’s teammate Matthijs de Ligt has also been linked with a move to Barcelona and Ten Cate thinks it would probably be best for both their careers if they left the Eredivisie side at the end of the season.However, the 63-year-old has reservations about any potential move to a club the size of Barcelona at this relatively early stage of their career.“They are two very talented players, although talent alone does not decide anything. Both have talent and a good head, and that is very important,” he added.“The logical thing is that they leave Ajax this season and I think it’s the best decision for their careers. Here the league is too easy and they need a more competitive competition.“I think that with their age they are players who need to play every week and the chances of playing at Barca are not so great. When someone arrives at Barca they have to be ready.“My opinion is that Barça will sign them but transfer them to another club so that they can get experience at the highest level, but not at Barca. They are players with a lot of quality but to grow they need to play, not be on the bench.”last_img read more

Giannis’ Double-Double not Enough for the Bucks

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — When rookie Donovan Mitchell spun by Giannis Antetokounmpo and made a layup in the fourth quarter, he felt like he was walking on air.“When I made that move on him, I started smirking just because he’s an All-Star and it’s cool to make that sort of play on a guy like that,” Mitchell said.Mitchell scored 24 points and the Utah Jazz made a season-high 18 3-pointers in a 121-108 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.Mitchell, who made a career-high six 3s, had 10 points in the fourth quarter as the Jazz broke open the game and finished with a season-best 56.8 percent shooting from the field.When Antetokounmpo was announced in the starting lineup after he was questionable with a sore knee, Mitchell lit up because of the respect he has for the “Greek Freak”.“I was watching him when I was in college. He’s been dominating and it’s really impressive what he’s been doing,” Mitchell said.Mitchell has been impressing as well and made even difficult plays look easy against Milwaukee, including a desperation 28-foot jumper to beat the shot clock that kept Utah ahead by double digits midway through the final period.Rodney Hood scored 21 and Derrick Favors added 16 for the Jazz, who have defeated the Bucks seven times in a row.Antetokounmpo had 27 points and 13 rebounds after missing the last game, but showed frustration several times during the contest as the Bucks played from behind most of the game.“We’ve just got to play harder, put more effort into it,” Antetokounmpo said. “If you get frustrated, there’s no point.”Malcolm Brogdon scored 19 points, while Eric Bledsoe and Tony Snell each contributed 18 for the Bucks, who shot 53 percent but couldn’t keep up with the quick Jazz passing on the perimeter.The Jazz closed the third quarter with eight straight points, including 3s by Thabo Sefolosha and Hood, to lead 95-85.“When we play at our pace, it’s very hard to guard,” Hood said. “We move the ball. We attack seams. We make the game easy for each other.”The Jazz reserves, who had 53 points, have posted more than 50 points in three of their last four games.Utah played without Rudy Gobert, who missed his eighth with a bruised knee, and the Bucks found little resistance on many drives to the basket. But they couldn’t match Mitchell’s six 3s and Joe Ingles’ five makes from beyond the arc.The Jazz have won 16 consecutive games at home over the Bucks.TIP-INSBucks: The Bucks shot 10 free throws before the Jazz took their first. … Brogdon made 5 of 6 from 3-point range. … After connecting on 13 of their first 14 free throws, the Bucks twice missed both free throws on trips in the fourth quarter.Jazz: For the first time, the Jazz wore bright gold uniforms with blue and green numbers and trim. … Raul Neto got a technical with 8:30 left in the game. … The Jazz are now 4-4 with Gobert out of the lineup.ATTACKING THE BLITZMilwaukee’s aggressive pick-and-roll defense backfired against the Jazz. “When they come out and blitz, you make the first pass and the bigs are doing a great job finding the corners and the wings,” Mitchell said. “That’s where I got a lot of my shots and Joe got his shots.”THE BUCKS STOPPED HERECoach Jason Kidd on what his team lacked: “Effort, energy and caring. Sprinkle in a little trying. We didn’t do that tonight. We tried hard on the offensive end but we didn’t do anything on the defensive end.”EXTRA PASSThe Jazz tied their season high of 31 assists that was just set in a 125-85 win at Orlando on Nov. 18. “I thought we were incredibly unselfish and offensively we were connected, trying to help each other,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. “You’ve got to share the ball. I think our guys knew that and they really did it.”UP NEXTBucks: Visit Sacramento on Tuesday.Jazz: Host the Nuggets on Tuesday night.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Lowry Has 25, Raptors Rout Giannis, Bucks 120-102 to Even East Finals

first_imgTORONTO (AP) — With a weary Kawhi Leonard fighting through fatigue, the Toronto Raptors found enough energy to pull away from the Milwaukee Bucks.Kyle Lowry led the way.Lowry scored 25 points, Leonard had 19 and the Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 120-102 on Tuesday night to even the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece.“This was one of the nights that we knew Kawhi was a little bit limited and we had to come out and be aggressive for him,” Lowry said.Leonard played 52 minutes in a double-overtime win in Game 3 on Sunday despite dealing with leg soreness. He limped away from the basket following a third-quarter dunk in Game 4, but still toughed it out for 34 minutes.Toronto Raptors center Serge Ibaka battles for the ball against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the second half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)“I feel good,” Leonard insisted. “I’m going to keep going and keep fighting. We have a chance to make history.”Raptors coach Nick Nurse said he’s not worried about Leonard’s health.“He’s certainly tired, like a lot of guys in this series are,” Nurse said. “He looks OK to me. There was one time I was trying to give him an extended rest and he didn’t really want it so he must be OK.”Serge Ibaka had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors, who improved to 7-2 at home this postseason. Reserve Norm Powell scored 18 points, and Marc Gasol had 17 points and a team-high seven assists.“The first two games, they really brought the intensity to us,” Powell said. “They really came out and were more physical, more active. We wanted to change that narrative coming home.”The home team has won all four games in the series so far. Game 5 is Thursday night in Milwaukee.“We need to take this challenge of playing in a hostile environment,” Nurse said. “We’re going into a tough, loud place to play. Let’s see if those guys can bring that same pop and focus and determination on the road.”Toronto Raptors forward Norman Powell (24) celebrates his basket with Fred VanVleet (23) during the second half of Game 4 of the team’s NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Milwaukee Buck, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the top-seeded Bucks. Khris Middleton scored 30 points, but no one else had more than 11.Milwaukee lost its second straight following a six-game winning streak. It dropped consecutive games just once during the regular season, at Utah on March 2 and at Phoenix on March 4.“This is probably the first night defensively where I don’t feel like we were close to where you need to be,” coach Mike Budenholzer said. “We got punched. They played really well.”Toronto’s Fred VanVleet, who missed 16 of 20 shot attempts through the first three games of the series, went 5 for 6 from the field in Game 4. He made each of his three 3-point tries and finished with 13 points.“He needed one of those games,” Lowry said. “He played well and made some great plays tonight.”Ahead 94-81 to start the fourth, the Raptors extended their lead with a 10-3 spurt, including seven points from VanVleet. Powell’s fast-break layup with 8:35 left put Toronto up 104-84.Toronto Raptors forward Norman Powell (24) heads for the baskets as Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton (24) defends during the second half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals, Tuesday, May 21, 2019 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)“We’ve got to guard better,” Middleton said. “Everybody on their team, I feel like they got pretty much whatever they wanted. Everything was easy.”Antetokounmpo shot 5 for 8 in the opening frame, matching the number of made baskets he had during Game 3. However, the Bucks star went 4 for 9 the rest of the way.Leonard and Pascal Siakam, who both played more than 50 minutes Sunday, looked sluggish in the opening half. Leonard missed the only shot he took in the second, while Siakam played fewer than three minutes in the second after picking up his third foul. Siakam had two points at halftime.Leonard came up limping after dunking against Antetokounmpo early in the third, but remained in the game. Moments later, Siakam completed a three-point play that put Toronto up 73-60 with 8:43 left.“We just came out in the third quarter flat,” Antetokounmpo said.Ilyasova missed a 3 with 3:50 remaining in the third that could have cut the deficit to four points. Powell replied with a 3 and, following miss by Malcolm Brogdon, Leonard drained a jumper to push Toronto’s lead to 86-74.TIP-INSBucks: Middleton missed his first attempt of the game, and then made the next eight in row. He finished 11 for 15. … Antetokounmpo air-balled his first free-throw attempt in the first quarter. … Brogdon shot 0 for 5 in the first half and missed seven straight before connecting late in the third. He finished 2 for 11.Raptors: Lowry scored 12 of Toronto’s first 17 points. He finished 10 for 10 at the line. … The Raptors are 4-0 on Tuesdays in these playoffs. … Toronto outscored Milwaukee 28-6 on bench points in the first half. The Raptors finished with a 48-23 advantage in bench scoring. … Siakam scored seven points, his lowest total in these playoffs. … Leonard had four of Toronto’s nine steals.PROUD PAPAVanVleet became a father for the second time Monday with the birth of his first son, Fred Jr.ATTENTION HOGEven when Leonard isn’t scoring 35, Lowry said the three-time All-Star still helps with spacing.“The great thing about having him on your team is he still gets all the attention,” Lowry said. “That’s the benefit of having a superstar like him on the team.”MANY TONGUESIbaka answered post-game questions in English, French, and Spanish, and jokingly asked whether anyone wanted to talk to him in Italian or Portuguese.___By IAN HARRISON Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Big 12 Will Not Expand Which Should Surprise Nobody

first_imgSource: Status quo in the Big 12. No members added. League still discussing adding more TV revenue from ESPN and Fox.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) October 17, 2016“We first took up the question of whether or not the conference should expand at this time, whether it should remain an active agenda item for the board of directors,” said OU president David Boren. “We decided after a very thorough discussion that we would remain at 10 members. We committed ourselves to that proposition.“I would say that as we look at the whole outcome of this meeting, it was a very, very positive meeting in terms of expressing the cohesion of this conference and the unity of this conference on this issue.”So now … nothing. The Big 12 probably makes a few more dollars and we all wait for its inevitable demise over the next decade (or sooner). No expansion candidates out there — not BYU, not Houston and definitely not anyone else — will change that.The thing to watch for OSU fans is whether OU and Texas jump ship earlier than 2025 when the TV contracts are up. Does OU head west where the Pac-12 is not making more money than the Big 12? Does it try to get to the SEC to make a very crowded 16-team league (if OSU came with it)? Does Texas make a play on the Big 10?I’m confident in a few things here.The Big 12 is dead — Maybe not next year. Maybe not the year after that. Maybe not in five years. But it will be a slow, painful death.The Big 12 will make a lot of money on its death bed — $30 million per team last year, much more in the years to come (with the Big 12 title game reinstated) Oklahoma State is tied in politically to whatever happens to OU — This is a good thing (obviously).So who knows what will happen in the short-term (or long-term) future. I’ve loved playing in the Big 12 but am looking forward to whatever change is out there over the next decade. Also, it’s a shame nobody got to deliver these definitely-real-and-a-little-too-truthful welcome notes.EXCLUSIVE: Big 12 conference note to today’s new members. pic.twitter.com/jx5mpDinje— Ted Harrison (@tedvid) October 17, 2016 The Big 12 decided against expansion on Monday afternoon in Dallas. This surprised nobody. I wrote three weeks ago about how I think the conference is just playing chicken with ESPN and FOX, and it has become clear that that is probably the case.Filed to ESPN. No expansion. No candidate could generate supermajority.— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) October 17, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Injury Update For Auburn Wide Receiver Seth Williams

first_imgA general view of Jordan-Hare Stadium during the game between the Auburn Tigers and the West Virginia Mountaineers.AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 19: A general view of Jordan-Hare Stadium during the game between the Auburn Tigers and the West Virginia Mountaineers on September 19, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Auburn will have to face Kent State this weekend without its top pass catcher. Wide receiver Seth Williams has been declared out.Williams injured his shoulder in last week’s 24-6 win over Tulane. He scored the game-winning touchdown in the final seconds against Oregon in Week 1.Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn confirmed Williams will miss Saturday’s game but left open the possibility he could play in the Tigers’ SEC opener against Texas A&M on September 21.“We’ll see where he’s at, like I said Sunday, about his availability for the next week,” Malzahn said, via AL.com. “I think it’s kind of a day-to-day deal as far as that goes.” Auburn wide receiver Seth Williams is out for week 3— Ryan Hennessy (@RyanHennessyTV) September 10, 2019Williams has five catches for 81 yards and that clutch touchdown against the Ducks through his first two games.As a freshman in 2018, he hauled in 26 passes for 534 yards (20.5 per reception) and five touchdowns.Auburn will host Kent State on Saturday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.last_img read more

Agreement waiving spousal support upheld despite lack of legal advice

first_imgTORONTO – A woman who signed a deal without legal advice decades ago in which she agreed her spouse would never have to pay support if their relationship broke down has lost her bid to have the agreement set aside.In upholding a judge’s decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal said it found no error that would warrant overturning the cohabitation agreement Denise Boyda Smith inked 20 years ago.“She acknowledges that she was not coerced,” the Appeal Court said. “There is no suggestion that the income of the parties at the date of the agreement impacted her decision to sign the agreement.”Court documents show Boyda Smith and Johnny Smith began living together in March 1997. He had already been through one acrimonious separation and, in an effort at avoiding a repetition, he presented her with the agreement as a condition of continuing the relationship and buying a home, documents show.Boyda Smith signed without going to a lawyer, even though she had ample time to do so. The couple later had two children and got married, but their relationship fell apart in 2013 and she turned to the courts to have the agreement waiving spousal support set aside.Superior Court Justice Antonio Skarica ruled against her in March last year, prompting Boyda Smith to appeal. She argued Skarica’s ruling was in error because the agreement in which she waived support did not meet the provisions of the Divorce Act, which attempts to put separating spouses on substantially equal financial footing.Among other things, Boyda Smith argued a “power imbalance” existed between her and her spouse, that she had not discussed spousal support with him, and that he had failed to be fully upfront about his financial position.She also maintained the cohabitation agreement did not square with the Divorce Act because she bore primary responsibility for their children and he made more money than she did.In rejecting her arguments, the Appeal Court cited Supreme Court of Canada case law that mandates a judge look at the circumstances at the time a deal was signed, whether the agreement complies with the law on divorce, and whether it reflects the original intentions of the parties.Skarica found the couple had discussed the cohabitation agreement beforehand, that Boyda Smith did know his sources of income and assets, and that she opted to skim the document rather than read it all carefully, the Appeal Court said. It was also her choice not to consult a lawyer, and she thought the agreement fair when she signed it, the court noted.“There was no fraud, coercion, or duress,” the Appeal Court wrote. “The agreement is in substantial compliance with the Divorce Act. Both parties suffered economic disadvantages arising from the marriage.”last_img read more

Car thefts on rise in Canada as thieves target trucks SUVs insurance

first_imgTORONTO — A new report says choosy car thieves are setting their sights on Ford trucks and high-end SUVs as the number of automotive thefts continues to rise across the country.The Insurance Bureau of Canada says in its annual list of the most frequently stolen vehicles that the Ford F-Series trucks are again topping the list.Henry Tso, the board’s vice-president of investigative services, says thieves in Ontario and Alberta are going after trucks, while in Atlantic Canada the Nissan Maxima is stolen most often along with the Chevy Silverado and Jeep Liberty.New Brunswick saw the sharpest rise in thefts with a 28 per cent jump, with Ontario seeing a 15 per cent increase.Nationally, police reported close to 85,000 thefts in 2017 — a six per cent increase over 2016.The board says New Year’s Day is the most common time for vehicles to be stolen since they are often loaded with gifts. But, it says vehicles are often smuggled outside the country, sold to unsuspecting consumers, scrapped for parts or used to commit another crime with organized crime rings usually involved.The Criminal Intelligence Service of Canada says crime groups involved in auto thefts operate primarily out of Montreal and Toronto.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

California utility fined for its handling of nuke canisters

SAN ONOFRE, Calif. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is fining the Southern California Edison utility $116,000 for violations in its handling of nuclear canisters at the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.The decision announced Monday in an online town hall meeting involves the transfer of radioactive nuclear waste containers from cooling pools to safer bunkers.The violations were a failure to have a backup system in case a fuel canister was dropped and failure to notify the commission within 24 hours after a canister was at risk of being dropped into an 18-foot-deep (5.5-meter-deep) bunker rather than being lowered.The Orange County Register reports Southern California Edison can dispute the fine but issued a statement indicating it would accept the penalty, saying the event should not have happened and takes full responsibility.___Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.comThe Associated Press read more

Iraq UN weapons inspectors submit final report

The UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission, (UNMOVIC), which carried out inspections in Iraq until March 2003, shortly before armed action began in the country, said that it had created a unique monitoring mechanism for weapons of mass destruction and long-range delivery systems.The report, which was released today, says that UNMOVIC and its predecessor, the UN Special Commission (UNSCOM), put into practice many innovative verification and monitoring procedures and said that, through its training programme, UNMOVIC had created a roster of 350 experts in biological, chemical and missile areas, drawn from more than 50 countries.“The international community could benefit if practical ways were found to preserve for appropriate future use the experience and expertise accumulated over the years of the Special Commission and UNMOVIC operations,” the report says.The UN Special Commission (UNSCOM), set up at the end of the war in 1991, destroyed missiles, mobile launchers, fixed launch sites, chemical munitions, a chemical weapons complex and a germ warfare complex as well as tons of missile fuel, chemical warfare agents, precursor chemicals and bacteria growth media. UNMOVIC inspectors destroyed dozens of Iraqi Al Samoud 2 missiles and warheads, as well as launchers, shells filled with chemical weapons precursors and other arms. Since the Security Council formally shut down its operations last June , UNMOVIC has placed its archives in a secure storage facility, and disposed of its inspection equipment and non-hazardous materials that it collected during its mandate in Iraq – among them a mobile chemical laboratory from Baghdad that had been transferred to Kuwait. 10 June 2008United Nations inspectors monitoring weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq have submitted a final report after the shutdown of their operations last year, nearly two decades after they first started work on the issue. read more

Wind turbines like nightmare neighbours but law rigged court told

LONDON, Ont. — Wind turbines are like new neighbours who might drive you to distraction and out of your home because you have no legal way to deal with the situation, a packed Ontario court heard Monday.In submissions to Divisional Court, a lawyer for four families fighting large-scale wind-energy projects compared the turbines to a neighbour who is always noisy and in your face.“This neighbour never once ruptured your eardrums but that neighbour slowly drives you crazy,” Julian Falconer told the court. “These turbines are those nightmare neighbours.”The families are trying to get the court to declare provincial legislation related to the approvals of large-scale wind farms unconstitutional.In essence, they argue, the legislation makes it impossible to scuttle a project on the basis of potential health impacts.“The priority is to get the turbines up come hell or high water and that’s what they do,” Mr. Falconer said.“My clients have to wait until the turbines are spinning before they get to make an argument they must be stopped — it’s Alice in Wonderland.”The Drennans, who live near Goderich, Ont., are among the families involved in the first constitutional challenge to the Green Energy Act to reach the appellate court level.Twelve turbines of the proposed 140-turbine K2 Wind project are being put up within two kilometres of their long-held farmstead.“I must prove it will harm me, where if I was a drug company, they would have to prove they were safe,” Shawn Drennan said in an interview. “The wind company does not have to do that.”Mr. Falconer, who sought to introduce a new Health Canada study as fresh evidence, said the science on the health impacts of wind turbines is unsettled.A summary of the federal study released Nov. 6 turned up no direct link between wind-turbine noise and health effects, such as headaches, high blood pressure and stress.However, the study did uncover a link between turbine noise and “high annoyance.”“The findings support a potential link between long-term high annoyance and health,” the summary states. “We did find that people who were highly annoyed were more likely to report other health effects.”Mr. Falconer told the court that people have consistently reported being driven from their homes by turbines.At the same time, he said, provincial legislation makes it impossible for reasonable people to argue the turbines might harm them.“They must prove that it will harm them,” he said. “That’s constitutionally unsound.”The court, he said, should alter the “rigged” legislation to force authorities to consider a “reasonable prospect of harm” when approving a project.Associate Chief Justice Frank Marrocco, one of the three appellate judges hearing the case, admonished the courtroom crowd for applauding some of the submissions.Earlier in the day, a lawyer for a coalition of 14 community groups said the right of citizens to fight turbines on the basis of health impacts is illusory.In his submission, Richard Macklin noted the province’s Environmental Review Tribunal has heard 20 health-based challenges to wind farm projects.“They have all been unsuccessful,” Macklin said. “We see that as a cumulative charter violation.”In addition, Lambton county sought to intervene on the grounds that provincial legislation has usurped the right of municipalities to proactively regulate against potential harm to their residents.The judges said they would decide at a later point whether to allow the written interventions and admit the fresh evidence.The hearing continues Tuesday, when the government gets a chance to argue its case.Canadian Press read more

Lululemon shares down after retailers sales projections miss analyst estimates

VANCOUVER – Lululemon Athletica Inc. shares are down more than seven per cent in early going following fourth-quarter earnings projections from the clothing retailer.The Vancouver-based company (TSX:LLL) expects sales to be at the high end of its guidance and earnings will be better than the company expected.However, Lululemon’s updated sales guidance missed analyst estimates by several million dollars — adding weight to concerns that its growth is slowing.Lululemon stock was down $5.08, or 7.14 per cent, to $66.09 in early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.On Monday, the retailer said revenue for the key holiday quarter will be near the $475 million to $480 million previously forecast, based on a same-store sales percentage increase in the high single digits on a constant-dollar basis.The retailer also said it now expects diluted earnings per share of 74 cents for the quarter ending Feb. 3. That compared with earlier guidance of between 71 and 73 cents per share.The updated guidance compared with an average analyst estimate for 74 cents per share in earnings, according to data compiled by Thomson Reuters. But analysts had estimated $488.1 million in sales revenue.Lululemon chief executive Christine Day said the results came as the calendar compressed holiday shopping patterns into a couple of key weeks.“We are also pleased that our gross margin is running slightly ahead of plan and that we are entering 2013 in a clean inventory position,” Day said in a statement.“Along with our new back-to-gym product, we are beginning to flow a beautiful new spring assortment into our stores this week and look forward to introducing new innovation and function to our guests in 2013.”The high single-digit percentage same-store sales growth for the company’s fourth quarter compares with 18 per cent comparable-store sales growth in the third quarter.Earlier this month, Credit Suisse downgraded Lululemon’s rating to “neutral” from sector “outperform” citing a likely slowdown in same-store sales momentum and the risk of further margin pressure.Credit Suisse said it expected further slowing in 2013, especially at “mature” stores in Canada, which comprise 59 per cent of the chain’s total sales and have already seen a slowdown in growth. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 15, 2013 10:31 am MDT Lululemon shares down after retailer’s sales projections miss analyst estimates read more

Court tells department to give two children with Down syndrome maximum resource

first_imgA HIGH COURT judge has ruled that two children with Down syndrome be given the maximum resource teaching hours so they can stay in mainstream schooling.It comes following a dispute between two families and the Department of Education which Down syndrome Ireland (DSI) described as “landmark High Court challenge”.The Department is already involved in a review of the current scheme with National Council for Special Education also recommending that there no longer be a distinction between learning support and resource teachers.The High Court directed the department to provide over four hour hours a week of additional resource teaching to the children but the case is not expected to lead to a raft of similar rulings.But DSI CEO Pat Clarke said this evening that he hopes the ruling will lead to more resource hours being allocated to children who need them, adding that what is currently in place is an “unfair system”.“We hope that this is just the beginning of a wider process which will see all children with Down syndrome receive adequate resource teaching hours which, we believe, is their basic human right.”“All children with Down syndrome have multiple disabilities, and need additional resources in order to participate in mainstream schools,” he added.Read: Radical shake-up on the cards for country’s 10,000 special education teachers >Read: Special needs association hopes FF protest heckles don’t ‘distract from issues’ >last_img read more

Carberys class the key for Munster in evenlymatched Edinburgh tie

first_imgCarbery’s class the key for Munster in evenly-matched Edinburgh tie Johann van Graan’s men should be well-matched by Richard Cockerill’s Scots. By Murray Kinsella “WE’LL TRY AND out-Munster Munster, as we’re two sides that play quite similar rugby.”That’s how Edinburgh boss Richard Cockerill views this afternoon’s Champions Cup quarter-final at Murrayfield [KO 12.45pm, Virgin Media/Channel 4/BT Sport] and it’s difficult to disagree.Here are two sides who kick well, particularly from scrum-half.  Murray starts at 9 for Munster. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOEight of Conor Murray’s kicks in this competition this season have resulted in opposition errors, while a further four have been regathered by his team-mates. Edinburgh scrum-half Henry Pyrgos is similarly effective with the boot, forcing seven errors from opponents under his box kicks, with another two won back.Both sides possess ball-carrying quality, with the Scots boasting the tournament’s busiest carrier in number eight Viliame Mata, who has charged into contact 115 times. Munster’s CJ Stander is second on the list, although some distance behind on 88.The two packs are aggressive propositions, with the Irish province’s Peter O’Mahony and Tadhg Beirne leading a ceaseless quest for turnovers, the second row topping that chart with 13 and captain O’Mahony having six so far, as well as a further five lineout steals.Hamish Watson, who forms a mean-looking Edinburgh back row with Mata and John Barclay – man of the match against Leinster last weekend on his return from a long-term Achilles tendon injury – boasts seven turnovers so far. The set-piece contest will be riveting. Edinburgh, with an excellent second row of Grant Gilchrist and Ben Toolis have hit 90% in the lineout in Europe this season, while Munster will be looking for improvement after winning 79% of their throws.Edinburgh lock Toolis sits top of the lineout steals list along with O’Mahony on five, so expect an extreme contest out of touch. Ben Toolis is a key man for Edinburgh. Source: Craig Watson/INPHOJohann van Graan’s men had the most frugal defence of any team in the competition during their pool run, conceding an average of just 12 points per game and only 1.5 tries.Edinburgh, unsurprisingly, weren’t far off that standard, with only Munster and Saracens being stingier in defence than Richard Cockerill’s team.  The scrum should be evenly matched too, with Edinburgh’s front row made up of captain Stuart McInally, fellow Scotland international WP Nel and the in-form South African loosehead prop Pierre Schoeman.  Munster have Test quality of their own, of course, with Dave Kilcoyne having enjoyed an excellent Six Nations. He teams up with John Ryan and hooker Niall Scannell, with Beirne and the ever-aggressive Jean Kleyn pushing from behind.The maul will be another key battleground at Murrayfield. Both sides take pride in the inches won at maul time and it’s one area where Munster’s Jack O’Donoghue – selected at openside after a brilliant performance last weekend against Zebre – generally excels.It feels like this will be a dogfight of a game, with vicious collisions, a few flare-ups after the whistle, and a general ferocity in all aspects.Who can break through the brawn? Carbery extended his contract through to 2022 earlier this week. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOJoey Carbery – fresh from extending his Munster contract until June 2022 – seems an ideal candidate, having been passed fit for his first appearance since playing for Ireland against Scotland at this same stadium seven weeks ago.It’s been a long stint on the sidelines with a hamstring injury but Carbery’s ability to break defences with his running, attacking kicking and passing could be the key.The backline outside him appears stronger than Edinburgh’s, with the glue-like Rory Scannell teaming up with Chris Farrell in midfield. Farrell’s ability to attract multiple defenders and pass as well as carry makes him an important figure.Munster’s back three of Keith Earls, Andrew Conway and Mike Haley provides finishing quality and defensive nous.Breakout Scotland star Darcy Graham – who punches well above his weight and has made 12 linebreaks in this tournament – is at fullback for Edinburgh in Blair Kinghorn’s injury absence, while South African flyer Duhan van der Merwe – 10 clean breaks – is a thrilling attacking threat too.James Johnstone’s footwork must be respected in Edinburgh’s 13 shirt, but Munster might feel they have the more incisive backline – if their pack can provide the platform for them to display as much.Goal-kicking may be vital and with Carbery kicking at 84% off the tee so far in this competition and Edinburgh’s Jaco van der Walt not far behind on 80%, even that area should be close. Cockerilll has been earning praise for his work at Edinburgh. Source: Craig Watson/INPHOBoth benches offer quality, with Cockerill able to call on current Scotland international front rows Allan Dell and Simon Berghan, exciting backs Simon Hickey and Mark Bennett, and dynamic back row pair Magnus Bradbury and Jamie Ritchie.Munster, meanwhile, have the in-form Alby Mathewson to back-up Murray, while Tyler Bleyendaal showed up well off the bench against Zebre last weekend. Billy Holland was a vital impact sub during the closing games of the pool stages.With Munster playing in the knock-out stages of this competition for the 18th time, versus Edinburgh’s third, history indicates that the visiting Irish province will be better equipped to rise to this occasion.Edinburgh, however, will believe they are the coming team, having built impressively under Cockerill and enjoying the advantage of playing at home again, where they have lost only once this season.After the superb performance in hammering Gloucester away in January set a new standard for van Graan’s side, a Munster win in Edinburgh today would strongly underline that they are now a true European force.Edinburgh:15. Darcy Graham14. Damien Hoyland13. James Johnstone12. Chris Dean11. Duhan van der Merwe10. Jaco van der Walt9. Henry Pyrgos1. Pierre Schoeman2. Stuart McInally (captain)3. WP Nel4. Ben Toolis5. Grant Gilchrist6. John Barclay7. Hamish Watson8. Viliame MataReplacements:16. Ross Ford17. Allan Dell18. Simon Berghan19. Magnus Bradbury20. Jamie Ritchie21. Charlie Shiel22. Simon Hickey23. Mark BennettMunster:15. Mike Haley14. Andrew Conway13. Chris Farrell12. Rory Scannell11. Keith Earls10. Joey Carbery9. Conor Murray1. Dave Kilcoyne2. Niall Scannell3. John Ryan4. Jean Kleyn5. Tadhg Beirne6. Peter O’Mahony (captain)7. Jack O’Donoghue8. CJ StanderReplacements:16. Rhys Marshall17. Jeremy Loughman18. Stephen Archer19. Billy Holland20. Arno Botha21. Alby Mathewson22. Tyler Bleyendaal23. Dan GogginReferee: Pascal Gauzère [France].Murray Kinsella and Bernard Jackman look ahead to a huge weekend for the provinces in Europe and Ryan Bailey catches up with Ian Keatley on the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly: Share45 Tweet Email1 21 Comments Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: 16,240 Views https://the42.ie/4567086 Saturday 30 Mar 2019, 7:00 AM Mar 30th 2019, 7:01 AM Subscribe Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Gerrard proud of Rangers players

The manager was happy after his team was able to get a point from their visit to Villarreal tonight in the UEFA Europa LeagueScotland’s Rangers and Spain’s Villarreal drew today 2-2 at Estadio de la Ceramica.And for the Scottish club manager Steven Gerrard, the performance by his players tonight at the UEFA Europa League made him proud.“It is a fantastic result and a result where I am very proud of the players tonight in terms of their effort and application,” he told Rangers TV.“I asked them at half-time to just show a little bit more belief and confidence once we enter the final third because our build-up play and our football in the first half but I thought when we got into areas we didn’t really capitalize on our good play.”“But the second half performance was very strong and there were some big performance out there again for us. The players deserve a lot of credit again,” he continued.“I think if you take into consideration the stage, the opponent and the qualities of their individuals, it is certainly right up there [in terms of best performances so far].”Guiseppe Rossi, Villarreal, ItalyReport: Former United man Rossi almost went to Barca George Patchias – September 9, 2019 Former Manchester United starlet Giuseppe Rossi almost joined Barcelona.Currently without a club, and having trained most recently back at his old stomping ground of…“They are certainly in a false position in terms of league. They finished fifth last season and spent 70million,” he spoke about Villarreal.“I am sure they will move up the table in time. For us to come here as a side which is relatively new and still in the early stages, to come and perform as we did, certainly in the second half, the players have to take confidence and belief from that.”? Read Steven Gerrard’s reaction to tonight’s @EuropaLeague match against @VillarrealCF.➡️ https://t.co/jJaxh434MX pic.twitter.com/ls7nrU3YrY— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) September 20, 2018 read more

Atlanta presentation a hit Travel Agents say Turks and Caicos has the

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 May 2015 – Around 75 travel executives were at the City Club of Buckhead on Monday evening for the opening event of the Premier’s Sales and Investment Blitz. Atlanta was the first stop on the tour and much of the morning was spent moving out of the state of Georgia into the largest U.S. state of them all for a double date; Dallas and Houston in Texas are expected to be a unique stop in the road trip. The first promotional meeting featured a brief welcome from Premier Rufus Ewing and Tourism Minister Porsha Smith.“You may know Turks and Caicos for a beautiful set of islands that are known for great beaches, are known for luxury high end luxury resorts, and I’m sure those of you who visited Turks & Caicos before could attest to that. We provide great service, high end world class resorts, and that is why it was voted as the number one island destination in the world, the most beautiful island in the world, Turks and Caicos Islands”. Premier said.The Hotel and Tourism Association was particularly thrilled at the reception of the promotional video which highlighted every island in the chain. When Magnetic Media surveyed the room, the travel professionals explained that the lure of the TCI is that there is the absence of certain big city features; guests want to escape to a simpler life that is environmentally pure, super safe for their families and boasting uber luxury. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Turquoise Morning shows Caribbean & US highlights of TCI Sales & Investment Blitz TCI Haye-Smith runs Olympic standard time Atlanta Weather forecast Related Items:atlanta, city club of buckhead, premier’s sales blitz, travel agentslast_img read more